Rent Relief

***Are you a San Francisco resident? If so, you may be eligible to apply for San Francisco’s local rental assistance program. Please refer to San Francisco’s rent relief website for comprehensive eligibility criteria and the application link.***

The Statewide Eviction Moratorium has been extended through June 30th, 2022. This extension applies to residential tenants who have a pending state emergency rent relief application for all or part of the amount of rental debt accrued for the period of time between March 1st, 2020, and March 31st, 2022.

Courts are required, before ordering that a tenant be evicted for nonpayment, to verify that the landlord attempted to obtain rental assistance for the unpaid amount and that the application was denied due to one of the following factors: 1) The tenant was not eligible for rental assistance. 2) The tenant did not cooperate by completing their portion of the application. 3) There is no determination pending on an application for government rental assistance, filed prior to April 1st, 2022, that would cover any of the rental debt being sought.

Tenants are provided a backstop mechanism to obtain relief from an eviction for nonpayment, at any time before the tenant gets locked out if: 1) The tenant obtains approval of rental assistance to cover the unpaid amount and 2) The court verifies that the landlord received the money.

If you have received any type of eviction paperwork and have an application pending for rental assistance, please email that information to evictionprevention@ca-rentrelief.com and provide your Name, Address, Case ID Number, and Dates for Rental Assistance. This will ensure that your eviction paperwork is linked up to your application and get your application into a priority queue for processing.

For San Francisco residents, if you are facing eviction, you can use your legal right to counsel by calling the Eviction Defense Collaborative at (415) 659-9184 or send an email to legal@evictiondefense.org.

For residents of San Mateo County, please visit the San Mateo County Department of Housing website to view organizations that may be able to help with legal aid.

You can also go to LawHelpCa.org for more legal resources.

For more information regarding the emergency rental assistance program or to check the status of an application submitted by March 31st, 2022, go to housing.ca.gov or call the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center at 833-430-2122. You can also contact the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP): erap@hcd.ca.gov. If you are looking for further help with your rental assistance case to HCD, or have other questions regarding state rental assistance, please contact our office.